11 WAYS FOR TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY PROCESS IN TURKEY 2020

Update August, 2020 – Resource, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
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FOREIGNER APPLICATIONS OF TURKISH CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT
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NEW REDUCED AMOUNT UPDATE: REGARDING AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL FOR TURKISH CITIZEN THROUGH INVESTMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED. WITH DECISION # 106 PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE SOME REGULATIONS ON THE TRANSITION OF FOREIGNERS TO TURKISH CITIZENSHIP HAVE BEEN CHANGED. TO QUALIFY THROUGH PROCESS THE FIXED CAPITAL AMOUNT HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM $2 MILLION TO $500,000 AND REAL ESTATE OWNERSHIP HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM $1 MILLION TO $250 THOUSAND USD.
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WHERE TO APPLY FOR TURKISH CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT?
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Non-Turkish national Turkey citizenship and passport official website is to visit direct in person at the Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management Göç İdaresi at 250 office locations in Turkey. On final with the foreign person name published in the Turkish Official Gazette will conclude that Turkish citizenship has been granted and completed.
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Turkish national Turkey citizenship and passport official website and foreigner application for Turkish National ID and replacement Turkish Drivers License is lodged online by appointment only to Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Population and Citizenship, Nufüs Müdürlüğü at 850 office locations in Turkey.
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OLD INVESTMENT AMOUNTS ABOLISH FOR TURKISH CITIZENSHIP IN TURKEY

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THE DECISION PUBLISHED WITH THE SIGNATURE OF PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN HAS AMENDED THE 20TH ARTICLE OF THE REGULATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP LAW, WHICH CAME IN FORCE IN 2010, REGULATING ACQUISITION OF EXCEPTIONAL TURKISH CITIZENSHIP TO ALL FOREIGNERS.
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  • TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY FIXED CAPITOL IN TURKEY
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    According to the new regulations, the fixed capital amount projected to qualify for Turkish citizenship has been reduced from $ 2 million to $ 500,000.
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  • TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY PROPERTY INVESTMENT IN TURKEY
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    In addition, the minimum Turkey real estate price required for the transfer of real estate ownership of foreigners in Turkey has been reduced from $ 1 million to $ 250 thousand.

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  • TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY JOB CREATION IN TURKEY
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    In addition, the expression of Turkey employment for at least 100 people included in terms of entitlement to citizenship has been changed to 50 people.
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  • TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY BANK DEPOSIT IN TURKEY
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    In order to qualify for naturalization, the amount of deposits to be held in Turkish banks in Turkey has been reduced from $ 3 million to $ 500,000.

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2019 – 2020 TURKEY CITIZENSHIP AMOUNTS FOR INVESTMENT AND PROPERTY
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As per regulation published in Turkish Official Gazette, the following is new versions of 2nd paragraph of Article 20 of related regulations change;
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  1. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY FIXED CAPITOL INVESTMENT
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    Determined by the Turkey Ministry of Industry and Technology to have made a min fixed capital investment of US $500,000. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.
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  2. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT FUND FOR 3 YEARS
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    Real estate investment fund in Turkey participation share of at least US $500,000 or equivalent in exchange or equivalent in Turkish Lira, or venture capital investment fund participation share of at least US $500,000 or equivalent in exchange or equivalent in exchange for at least three years, provided that the Capital purchased by the Turkey Capital Markets Board has been determined.” Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.
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  3. CITIZENSHIP BY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRIAL & TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
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    To have acquired real estate worth a minimum of $500,000 US dollars or equal foreign currency or equivalent Turkish lira equivalent fixed capital investment, determined by the Turkey Ministry of Industry and Technology in Turkey. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.

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  4. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY 50 JOBS CREATION
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    Determined by Turkey Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Service to have created jobs for min 50 people. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.
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  5. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY BANK DEPOSIT FOR 3 YEARS
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    Proven by the Turkish Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency to have deposited at least USD $500,000 in banks operating in Turkey with the condition of not to withdraw for at least three years or equivalent in exchange or equivalent in Turkish lira. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.
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  6. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY GOVERNMENT BONDS FOR 3 YEARS
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    Provided that the Turkey Ministry of Treasury and Finance has determined to have bought at least USD $500,000 worth of the Republic of Turkey government bonds with the condition that they cannot be sold for at least three years or equivalent foreign exchange or equivalent Turkish lira in the state debt instruments purchased. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.
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  7. TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN TOURISM CENTERS
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    According to the Article 8/e of the Turkish Law for Encouragement of Tourism No. 2634, foreign real and legal persons who want to make investment for tourism objective in Turkey, can acquire real estate (by the decision of the Council of Ministers in Turkey) in tourism areas and centers, being exempted from reciprocity principle and the restrictions formulated for foreigners. Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY BANK DEPOSIT PROCESS
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In the event that a currency other than the US dollar is deposited in the banks, the US Dollar equivalent at the date of detection by BRSA will be determined and the amount will be expected to remain in the banks at the same rate determined for 3 years.

The amount of money which is stated in the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law will be deposited in a bank or banks by applicant in Turkiye. Applicant or his/her attorney or agent who has the right to follow the steps for applying process will fill up the form which is reachable at “Contact” section of this website and demand the bank or the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA) to initiate the correspondence process.

After document reaches at BRSA, detection of amount will be announced to Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkiye and relevant bank will be informed about detection by BRSA. Relevant bank will also convey the detection document to its customer (applicant).

The determination of the BRSA regarding the applications that meet the conditions specified in the Regulation shall be notified to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs and the Directorate General of Migration Administration in writing, and the said sample shall be sent to the relevant bank in order to inform their customer (applicant).

According to the Code, there has to be 500.000 USD for three years in a Turkish bank. So, the currency can be changed by the applicant in the process as long as the amount is equivalent to value which is determined by BRSA at the beginning.

Also, it is possible to shift the amount to another investment type which is mentioned in the Code such as a realty or investment fund. However, shifting process should be instantaneous and there should not be any interruption.

The amount which deposited in a Turkish bank will be blocked for three years with applicant's request. However, this is not a blockade that makes the amount can not be requested by the owner. As soon as the amount withdrawn by the owner or it is fallen away (under 500.000 USD), the bank will report the situation to the BRSA and the BRSA will immediately inform the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkiye for initiation the cancelling process for citizenship. If this occurred once, new attempts will not be considered as an ongoing time span.

Since the amount can be withdrawn by the applicant, there should not be any restriction on the deposit account such as a sequestration or any other legal limitations. If there occur any restriction, circumstance will be announced to Ministry of Internal Affairs.

If the attorney or agent has the right to follow the steps for applying process, he/she can demand convenience document. The attorney/agent has to be specially authorized by the person who demands Turkish citizenship through a notary. The warrant of attorney which is put in order by a notary must include a provision which makes the attorney authorized to apply for the convenience document.

You can open a deposit account in Turkiye by using online banking channels, However, BIFC regulations demand banks to ensure the information about their customers such as name, date of birth, nationality, identity card, address and copy of signature, phone number, e-mail account. BIFC also demands banks to get passport information, residency and other identity information from people who are not Turkish citizen. As long as you provide these documents, you can open a deposit account from abroad. But banks can their own rules and policies about account opening process.

In simple terms, banks are not obligated to accept the money from any natural person or legal person in Turkiye. As legal merchants banks are free to choose their customers. Besides there are strict regulations which are put into force by Board of Investigating Financial Crimes of Turkiye (BIFC), banks check and monitor the money which is wanted to be deposit or transferred by someone even if it is a legal entity or not. If it is considered as an illegal entity or as a subject of money laundering or financial crime, it will not be accepted as a legal deposit or participation deposit. There are also international institutions and regulations that obligate the banks for monitoring the money whether it is legal or not.

However as legal personalities banks have their own inherent rules about accepting deposits and people are free to negotiate with other banks about depositing their money.

There is no difference between transferring money from abroad or declaring money that is already in Turkiye. The point is that money should be eligible for international and national monitoring rules which are related to counter-terrorism and money laundering rules. Turkish banks are obligated to investigate money in case of any doubt about counter-terrorism and money laundering.

As long as the amount totals 500.000 USD, you can deposit it more than one bank operating in Turkiye.

If your spouse or joint accepts and makes a clear statement on blocking the amount in a Turkish bank for three years, you can declare the amount for your own application.

Yes, in terms of the agreement which is contracted with your bank, you can obtain the benefits such as interest of the deposit or dividend.

No, you can deposit the amount as Turkish Lira or other currencies or precious metal which are determined as convertible by Turkish Central Bank. However, it has to be equivalent to 500.000 USD.

Yes, you can choose any Turkish bank to deposit your money in Turkey. You can both deposit your money in every "deposit banks" and "participation banks".

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THERE IS NO CONDITION TO BUY PROPERTY IN TURKEY FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT, AS THE AVERAGE TOURIST WHO WILL ENTER TURKEY BY TOURIST VISA WILL USUALLY APPLY FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT WITH AN APARTMENT / HOUSE RENT CONTRACT (NOTARY STAMPED) FOR LOCAL TURKISH ADDRESS DECLARATION.
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EASY TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY RESIDENCE PERMIT, WORK, MARRIAGE EARNED RIGHTS
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A- CITIZENSHIP BUYING PROPERTY IN TURKEY ANY VALUE IN 5 YEARS
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To become Turkish citizenship in 5 years is required to purchase any value property in Turkey (can be anything as long as the Tapu name title stays in your name) and obtain the 2 year Touristic residence permit ID card purpose to stay for real estate ownership, and extend the residence permit consecutive under the same purpose 3 years, and does not require mandatory or continued stay in Turkey. Turkish passport is issued after 5 years.
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B- CITIZENSHIP BY TURKISH SPOUSE MARRIAGE IN 3 YEARS

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The alternative for Turkish citizenship straight-off-the-bat with no hassle or without buying property in Turkey or without making an investment, is made possible by marriage to Turkish spouse and taking the Family Residence Permit ID card for 3 years. Turkish passport is issued after 3 years.
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C- CITIZENSHIP BY LABOR / EMPLOYMENT IN 5 YEARS
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For 5 years completed employment in Turkey. This means the foreigner who shall reside in Turkey with ‘Touristic residence permit’ ID card by home rental contract document (without real estate ownership) and who will work in Turkey (continued social security and pension benefit) with Foreigner work permit ID card is qualified to apply for citizenship in Turkey. NEW Turkish passport is issued after 5 years.

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Pending the foreigner does not travel outside Turkey for more than 6 months total, within 60 months.
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D- TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY CHILD BIRTH IN TURKEY INSTANT
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Foreigner with new born baby in Turkey and both parents are foreigner, does not give Turkish citizenship rights and must obtain his/her passport from the Embassy in Turkey and apply for Residence permit within 6 months from the date of birth to continue to stay in Turkey legal without an overstay fine, unless one parent of the baby born is Turkish citizen then citizenship by birth and Turkish passport is obtained and issued instantly.
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In the case when both foreign parents become Turkish citizen under the conditions above, the foreign child under age 18 inherits the same rights (from father or mother) to become Turk citizen.

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